On April 11, the Thurston Chamber held its annual Thurston Green Business Forum. At the luncheon, 95 businesses were recognized as Thurston Green designees.

The Thurston Green Business program is run by the Thurston County Chamber and is in its 11th year. There are close to 200 participating Thurston Green Businesses that advertise their involvement with a window sticker and a website badge when applicable. Thurston Green Businesses make an effort to be “green” by saving energy and water and minimizing waste.

“The Thurston Green Business program facilitates sharing sustainability best practices between public and private entities, and we saw this at work yesterday,” Thurston Chamber President/CEO David Schaffert said. “Green business practices and business success go hand-in-hand.”

The keynote address at the luncheon was by The Evergreen State College Center for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Director, Rhys Roth. In addition to the 95 businesses recognized as Thurston Green designees, four were recognized for their outstanding efforts in green business.

These outstanding business winners came in four categories: small business, medium business, large business, and a municipal category.

The 2018 winners were:

Scott Homes, Small Green Business of the Year

South Sound Solar, Medium Green Business of the Year

Providence St. Peter’s Hospital, Large Green Business of the Year

The City of Tumwater, Municipal Green Organization of the Year.